India’s NMDC exploring lithium assets in Africa and Australia, source says – ET Auto

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In June last year, Reuters reported that NMDC’s unit Legacy Iron Ore had signed a lithium exploration pact with Australia’s Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd.

Indian iron ore miner NMDC Ltd is exploring lithium assets in Africa and Australia and is currently in negotiations, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

“We are a government company and we want to use the reservation route instead of auctions,” the source said, referring to taking over a mining block by being nominated to do so by the government.

NMDC did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

In June last year, Reuters reported that NMDC’s unit Legacy Iron Ore had signed a lithium exploration pact with Australia’s Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd.

Additionally, NMDC is seeking lithium blocks from the Indian government on a nomination basis, according to the source.

NMDC shares were down 1.6% on Friday.

  • Published On Mar 22, 2024 at 01:53 PM IST

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